Man in prison for crime he didn’t commit

Despite being acquitted of armed robbery charges in May, a man remains in jail with his probation revoked all because of a crime he did not commit.

Ramad Ahshad Chatman, 24, remained in prison after his probation was revoked following his arrest in connection with a November 2014 armed robbery – something he says he didn’t commit, The Rome News-Tribune reported.

The arrest overturned a first offender five-year probation Chatman got after he pleaded guilty to felony burglary charges in 2012.

A jury acquitted Chatman of the more recent armed robbery charges, but since a judge revoked his probation following the arrest, Chatman’s release date is in 2022.

“When my grandson was proven not guilty, he should’ve been let out,” grandmother Janice Chatman told the newspaper.

Chatman’s lawyer Bryan Johnson filed an extraordinary motion for a new probation revocation hearing, the News-Tribune reported but it was denied because there was no new evidence to present to the judge.

“I think it’s unfortunate for Mr. Chatman’s family,” Johnson said, “and I think it’s unfortunate for Mr. Chatman.”

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